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Government purchasing chief Sally Collier set to leave Crown Commercial Service

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) CEO Sally Collier plans to take role as Ofqual chief regulator, leaving the government’s procurement agency behind

Sally Collier, chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is set to be the latest senior figure to leave the agency this year.

Collier, who has been the chief executive of CCS since its launch in 2014,  has been announced as the preferred candidate for the post of Ofqual chief regulator by education secretary Nicky Morgan.

A pre-appointment hearing with Collier is due to take place next week when the education select committee will decide if they find her suitable for the position. She will replace the former regulator Glenys Stacey who stepped down from her role last month.

During her time at CCS, the agency helped the government save £5.9bn last financial year.

Collier championed the government’s involvement with SMEs through work such as the government's Contract Finder website for SMEs and the abolition of pre-qualification questionnaires for IT contracts.

In January 2016, another CCS figure – former commercial director for technology, Sarah Hurrell – left her position to take up a role in in the commercial sector. In February, G-Cloud bloss Tony Singleton announced he was leaving and has now taken a role at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).  

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Singleton oversaw the introduction of the Digital Marketplace platform, ushered in to replace G-Cloud’s original CloudStore shopfront in 2014. Singleton became the director for G-Cloud and Digital Commercial Programmes at the GDS.

Total sales through G-Cloud since its inception in 2012 now amount to more than £640m. Some £400m was spent through G-Cloud during the 2014/15 financial year, according to published sales figures.

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